Today's scripture: Isaiah 9:6
If Jesus’ being our Eternal Father is a comfort to me, this last attribute
given our Savior brings me the most … well, peace. For He is, indeed, the Prince of Peace.
But for some of us, peace is the last thing we feel. Even as you’re celebrating
our Savior’s birth, maybe you’re struggling with finances or your health, or
maybe you’re struggling with a relationship or a loss.
I wrote a book a few years back based on Jeremiah 19:11-13, where God says His
plans are for peace, not for evil. Regarding finding peace in spite of our
circumstances, I wrote:
"I promise you this: If you’re truly willing to give your life, your
plans, your dreams to God, He will keep His promise. You will have peace. Maybe
not today, maybe not tomorrow, but if you trust Him, you will have peace.
"Don’t believe me? Will you believe God? There are quite a few references
to peace in the Bible. Let me share one of my favorites. Read these words, hear
them with your heart, and listen to what God has promised you:
"'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in
Christ Jesus' (Philippians 4: 6-7, emphasis mine).
"Do you know what this verse says to me? When I’m focusing on God, when
I’m asking in His name, when I’m praying for His will, I can be assured of two
things: I need not be anxious for anything, and I will have peace—a peace that
surpasses anything I could experience without God in my life, a peace that
surpasses anything that I could get from my earthly relationships, from my job,
from my church, from my family . . . from anything else.
"Isn’t that what you’re looking for? A peace that surpasses anything
you’ve ever experienced? Ask Him. Ask Him now. Give your plans, your timelines,
your dreams to Him. Trust Him to bring about that perfect will in your life.
Then, and only then, will you have that peace. You will have that peace.
I promise. More importantly, He promises"
(from The Best Laid Plans ©
Sauni Rinehart 2005).
If you’re seeking that heavenly peace we sing about this time of year, go to
the Prince of Peace. He’ll cover you with a peace that truly surpasses understanding.
NOTE: Come back this weekend for two special Christmas postings!